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One of the larger members of the Canadian Arctic Archipelagomarker, Prince of Wales Island is an Arctic island in Nunavutmarker, Canadamarker, lying between Victoria Islandmarker and Somerset Islandmarker and south of the Queen Elizabeth Islandsmarker.

For administrative purposes it is divided between Qikiqtaalukmarker and Kitikmeotmarker regions. There are no permanent settlements.

It is a low tundra-covered island with an irregular coastline deeply indented by Ommanney Baymarker in the west and Browne Bay in the east. Its area has been estimated at . Prince of Wales Island is the world's 40th largest island and the 10th largest in Canada. Its highest known point, found at – and – is an unnamed spot in the island's far northeastern end overlooking the Baring Channel, which separates the island from nearby Russell Islandmarker.

Its European discovery came in 1851 by Francis Leopold McClintock's sledge parties during the searches for John Franklin's last expedition.

Further reading

  • Blackadar, Robert Gordon. Precambrian Geology of Boothia Peninsula, Somerset Island, and Prince of Wales Island, District of Franklin. [Ottawa]: Dept. of Energy, Mines and Resources, 1967.
  • Christie, Robert Loring. Stratigraphic Sections of Palaeozoic Rocks on Prince of Wales and Somerset Island, District of Franklin, Northwest Territories. Ottawa: Queen's Printer, 1967.
  • Dyke, Arthur S. Quaternary Geology of Prince of Wales Island, Arctic Canada. [Ottawa, Canada]: Geological Survey of Canada, 1992. ISBN 0660144085
  • Mayr, Ulrich. Geology of eastern Prince of Wales Island and adjacent smaller islands, Nunavut (parts of NTS 68D, Baring Channel and 68A, Fisher Lake). Ottawa: Geological Survey of Canada, 2004. ISBN 066018804X
Satellite photo montage of Prince of Wales Island and its neighbours

References

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